Google Maps is not just a popular mapping program used by Google, but it is also one of the most popular maps used by web mashups. This makes Google Maps a very popular and versatile tool that is being put to use in a variety of ways from locating hard-to-find products to forecasting the weather.
Learning how to use Google Maps is simple, and it will help you navigate the many different web mashups based on Google Maps. Even though some of these hybrids change some of the default behaviors of the program, learning how to use Google Maps will allow you to quickly adapt to small changes in the mapping program.
Hint: While reading the following instructions on how to use Google Maps, try bringing up Google Maps in a separate browser window and practicing while you read.